Arts & More

Robbie Feinberg/WMUK

On December 11th, the Michigan trio The Moxie Strings will bring their unique style of music to The Livery in Benton Harbor. The band's music is broadly Celtic rock, but it's also experimental, combining together classical, bluegrass and and Americana to create a unique sound, equal parts gentle and spirited. But if you had met the band's violinist, Diana Ladio, and its cellist, Alison Lynn, a decade ago, you would have never guessed they'd end up making this kind of music.


Robbie Feinberg/WMUK

If you drive over a bridge near Holland, Mich., and walk a few hundred feet, you'll wind up face-to-face with a giant, centuries old windmill. So what's the big deal about this one? Well, this structure – the historic DeZwaan – is the only authentic, working Dutch windmill in the United States. It arrived here from the Netherlands in the 1960s, the last windmill to ever leave the country. And today, it is still running.


New Makers Market Gives Artists Risk-Free Place To Sell

Dec 3, 2015
Madison Bennett

Starting your own business can be expensive. Aside from the cost of making your product, there's rent and building maintenance to consider. It's a financial risk that few people enter into. Main and Drake - Kalamazoo Makers Market allows artists to sell their work without a lot of the risks.


BenJammin & Analisa at Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo
Madison Bennett, WMUK

Benjamin and Analisa Gauthier weren’t planning on becoming professional musicians, but they say they always wanted to work with children. The duo, known as BenJammin and Analisa, now uses their musical talents to create educational songs for not only children, but all age levels.


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Note: Updated to include Saturday's Arts & More audio, with songs.

Imagine giving up your dreams of a music career in the belief that your first two albums didn't sell well.  So, you work in hard manual labor jobs for the next nearly 30 years only to find out that, all along, while not a hit in America, your albums had made you to a mega star in Australia and South Africa -- and you never see a dime. It happened to protest folk singer Sixto Rodriguez of Detroit. But a film about him has reversed his fortune. He performs Dec. 11 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre

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